Alexandra Adornetto, author of the Halo Trilogy and upcoming releaseGhost House, looks ahead to Fall and rounds up the books she's most excited to read.
I don’t always have the time to keep up with new releases but here are some of my must-reads for this Fall:
Rooms by Lauren Oliver I’m always attracted to stories about the supernatural and was intrigued reading the synopsis for this book. I’m already familiar with Lauren Oliver’s best-selling YA books, but Roomsis her first adult title. It’s about a house whose ghosts haunt the new family that arrives. As someone who has just written about ghosts, I’m interested to see how another author handles the spirit and human world intersecting. And what will be the result of these two worlds colliding? Can’t wait to find out.
Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid I recently met Adi at a Book Expo America book signing in New York. There was so much excitement about his debut novel, Let’s Get Lost, that it immediately went on my “To Read” list. I love the idea of a road trip where a girl (Leila) heading to Alaska meets up with four other teens, all with issues of their own to resolve. Road trips always provide opportunities for growth and adventure so I’m looking forward to finding out what these characters discover from their journey.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing The cover has to be one of the most breathtaking I’ve seen. The plot is reminiscent of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel,The Handmaid’s Tale, which is one of my favorites. Violet has been raised to be a surrogate for royalty but when she gets to Jewel, she finds life there not quite what she expected. With elements like royal scandal, deception, and illicit love this has to be a dramatic read.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham I found the TV show Girls very funny and have a lot of admiration for Lena Dunham and for what she’s achieved. To get your own show sold as writer/actor is no mean feat! I’m looking forward to reading her memoir made up of short stories that are bound to have hilarious moments. But I’m also interested to find what experiences shaped her as a person.
One Kick by Chelsea Cain It’s hard to ignore a book with such an original title, especially when you know that Kick is the name of the heroine. She’s 21, a former kidnapping victim who becomes an expert in self-defense as part of her recovery. Then Kick finds her purpose in life—to help find missing children. She sounds like a strong character, to have overcome the trauma she’s experienced. Despite what might be at times grim subject matter, this sounds like a fast-paced thriller with some surprising twists.